Anthropology


Your Future In Anthropology

Do questions about how human societies were formed fascinate you? Are you interested in understanding how humans figure out how to live in groups while maintaining our individuality? Do the diverse cultures of the world make you long to travel?

Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of North Texas will prepare you for a variety of challenging careers.

People with  training in anthropology work in a world transformed by global forces (shifting political borders, ethnic tensions, environmental challenges resulting from global climate change, etc.). They act locally to bridge communication between diverse groups and help everyone adapt to our changing world. You may work for a:

  • Federal, state or local government agency as an analyst or public information officer
  • Museum as an education director
  • Nongovernmental organization such as UNESCO, UNICEF or the American Red Cross
  • Public health department or hospital as a medical anthropologist

Anthropology also prepares you for a variety of graduate and professional school degrees including law, medicine, public health or even a Master of Business Administration degree.

What we offer

We train you to apply anthropological knowledge to solve problems and improve people's lives. The coursework is grouped to provide an understanding of human biological, social and cultural complexity and the relationships of humans to one another and the environment.

By enrolling in specialized electives, you can focus your studies on physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology or sociocultural anthropology.

Our faculty members, who serve as mentors, have research interests in:

  • Africa, Latin America, North America, Oceania, and South Asia
  • Archaeology
  • Business, technology and design
  • Education
  • Environmental and ecological anthropology
  • Health beliefs, medical practices and public health
  • Migration and border studies
  • Physical anthropology

You can join the UNT Anthropology Student Association, which sponsors field trips, a faculty lecture series and discussions about social issues. There are also numerous opportunities to gain practical experience in the field. They include working with a professor, on your own ethnographic research project or at a field school engaged in hands-on archaeological, sociocultural or physical anthropology research.

What to expect

We encourage you to complete the university core courses before taking junior- and senior-level anthropology courses. This approach will better prepare you for success in our program.

Most of our courses require intensive writing, and you're encouraged to become proficient in a second language.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester. We also have dedicated faculty in the department for you to talk to.

HOW TO ENROLL AT UNT

High school students

Get detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources.